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Dangers of Nail Polish - Toxic Chemicals in your nail polish

By The Beresford Clinic  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

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Are you aware of the potential dangers of your pretty named nail polish ?

With inviting names such as peaches and cream or Caramel Smoothie, you are led away from the potential dangers of these polishes, with some ingredients that are known cancer causing chemicals and those toxic to the nervous system.

The top three chemicals of concern are toluene, dibutyl phalate (dbp) and formaldehyde - the so called @ toxic trio@.
DBP is now banned from cosmetics in the EU, but the other two are still allowed. Both have been given the maxamin hazard score of 10 by consumer watchdog Enviroment Working Group's 'skin deep', an online cosmetics database containing safety assessments of thousands of products and ingredients.

Toluene, a solvent and pain thinner, is a potent neurotoxicant ( toxic to the nervous system) that acts as an irritant, impairs breathing and causes nausea, according to EWG. It's especially hazardous if your pregnant, as breathing in toluene vapours can harm your unborn baby.

Formaldehyde, on the other hand, is commonly found in nail-hardening formulas and is a known allergen classified as "carcinogenic to humans" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Fortunately, a number of beauty brands, including some mainstream ones, are now phasing out these chemicals, and are proudly 3 free already. A few have gone 4 and 5 by also excluding Formaldehyde resins from their formulas and / or camphor, a strong smelling plasticizer taht can be an irritant in large amounts.

But there are many more chemicals of concern in thise little bottles so 3, 4, or 5 free still doesn't necessarily mean safe.
There are no natural nail polishes on the market at the moment as it is impossible to find due to synthetics needed to make the polish stick to your nails and stay there.  The most natural you can get is a water based polish from companies such as Suncoat or Scotch Naturals, as they contain mostly water instead of strong smelling solvents, along with synthetic film- formers and usually natural colourants. These formulas take a bit of getting used to, but they prove you can have pretty nails minus the toxic chemicals.

Beresford Clinic offer manicures and pedicures using these natural products, for further information contact thev team on 01626 777027 

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